Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Saddle Up with Cinch

The cover of Wayne Arthur's recently published
autobiography. Copies will be available for purchase
at the Author's launch event at the Museum.

“Fall in the Rockies, elk Bugling, trees a-golden, a chill in the wind, frosty mornings, clear blue skies with silky threads of light cloud. It all goes by so fast. So, let’s get out there before winter,” introduces Chapter Thirteen of Saddle Up With Cinch. Sounds like the days we have experienced, lately.

Dr. Rick Erlendson, a friend of more than 36 years, in his Forward to Cinch’s book writes, “Before long, Cinch was leaving his footprints all over the Peace country. He was a popular speaker across the greater Peace region at conventions, prayer breakfasts and men’s retreats. Some people didn’t even know he was a recording artist (Songs of Pioneer, 1965; Cinch Songs, 1976; Alberta Gold, 1978; It’s a Cinch, 1995). He also performed for many years with the Misery Mountain Boys – invited to perform at EXPO ’86 in Vancouver. More recently, he’s played fiddle with the bluegrass band Peace Valley Boys. Most people thought Cinch’s claim to fame was teaching scripture. 
He was soon a much sought-after announcer on the rodeo circuit, and a popular emcee for everything from bluegrass festivals to community banquets.”

Well, when you read Saddle Up With Cinch you will learn all of this and more about the man who was born Wayne Franklin Arthur in Princeton, B.C. and was a bit of a rascal. “I was always up to something.” His memory takes him back to those days and the journey he has taken to today, which, no doubt, accounts for his book dedication: “To my patient and understanding wife and my four beautiful daughters who nervously lived the stories herein and didn’t want their children to know the details.”

So, come along for the ride with Cinch along the more than 420 pages of memory lane – one of the best literary rides you will ever experience.

Cinch, his books and music will be at the Peace River Museum, Archives and Mackenzie Centre, 10302-99 St., Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3-5 p.m.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Artist of the Month – September, 2016

Peace River residents will recognize our September artist of the month, Vivian St. Andre, as someone with a deep personal history in the Peace. Vivian followed her passion for art with a Visual Arts Education through Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC), Athabasca University and Fairview College. She continued to supplement her studies by taking summer art classes in Edmonton and Red Deer and more recently participated in Art History Tours through GPRC/NAIT which took her and fellow travellers/artists to galleries in London, Venice and Eastern Canada.
Vivian deftly captures the expressiveness of the environment, the nuances of everyday objects and musicians and dancers poised at their art. Some may remember her many contributions to art exhibits at the once Fairview College (PR Campus), now Northern Lakes College, Fairview Creative Arts Centre, Grande Prairie Regional College and her works on exhibit with other Peace of Art members at the Library and Art Gallery and  at Java Domain. Do you recall viewing the bold canvass with the cello player intent on the sounds he was drawing from the instrument or the almost life-sized ballerina gracefully bent to wrap the ribbons of her pointe slippers?

“The subject matter of my art is as varied as the mediums I like to work with. The subjects are represented either traditionally or in abstract form. Some may have a voice recognizing human or environmental issues but generally my art expresses my appreciation for the beauty of nature, the human body, people, architecture and the fine arts of music and dance." (Quote by Vivian St. Andre in her artist's statement)

While her favourite medium is pastels, she also works in photography, paints with watercolours, acrylic and in past works explored oils. A canoe on a summer’s day is featured on the Art Wall this month and the poplars of our boreal forest make the viewer feel like reaching out to touch the soft bark painted on another canvass. Reminisce with pioneer school desks or enjoy the architecture of heritage buildings in eastern Canada through the artist’s eye.
Drop by to view Vivian’s work any time from Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm.